Language variant : House of Fascism
Architect : Terragni, Giuseppe
Locality : Como
Country : Italy
Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)
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The Casa del Fascio, like Novocomum, is a work of Italian rationalist architect Giuseppe Terragni. Started in 1932 and completed in 1936 under the regime of Benito Mussolini, this municipal administration building was originally constructed with a primary view of functioning as an elegant “set piece” for mass Fascist rallies. Conceptualized as a classical palazzo centered on a glass atrium, it was frescoed with abstract paintings (since destroyed) by the artist Mario Radice and the original project boasted an innovative changing façade illumination. It is cited as a regional manifestation of the International Style of architecture.
The building housed the local headquarters of the Guardia di Finanza police force from 1955 to 1999. Currently it houses the historical museum of the Guardia di Finanza 6th legion.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casa_del_Fascio_%28Como%29 (July 15, 2011).
“Terragni’s goal was to translate the party order into architectural form. The result balanced the building’s functional requirements and its celebratory role ‘in the exaltation of political facts, military victories or revolutionary conquests…The concept that has engaged me has been to match two aspects of a new order: art and politics.’”
Kirk, Terry: The Architecture of Modern Italy – Volume II: Visions of Utopia, 1900–Present, Princeton Architectural Press, 2005, p. 101.
Ed. Katriina Puputti